Chartered Accountants in practice for one year or more may become Certified Facilitation Centre (CFC) for providing facilities to Central Excise and Service Tax assessees to file returns and other documents electronically under Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES) Project of the CBEC.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is pleased to announce signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Board of Excise and Customs, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India to facilitate setting up of Certified Facilitation Centres (CFCs) under ACES Project by Chartered Accountants in practice / proprietary concerns of Chartered Accountants / firms of Chartered Accountants.
Any member/proprietor of a proprietorship firm/any partner of a partnership firm desirous of operating a CFC in his/firm’s name is required to make an application to the ICAI together with the requisite information, whereupon the ICAI will issue a Certificate to operate Facilitation Centre under ACES Project of the CBEC. CBEC will issue a user name and password to the CFC on the basis of which, the CFC will be able to upload returns and other documents for Central Excise and Service Tax assessees .
The names of the CFCs along with their contact details as provided by the CFCs will be put up on the website of the ICAI and the CBEC. The eligibility criteria, fee schedule and obligations of CFCs are set out in the Memorandum of Understanding and in the FAQs on the subject.
Queries relating to setting up of Certified Facilitation Centers may be sent at [email protected].